Oct 3, 2012 7:30am EDT
amounts of people. we're talking, i think we're up to $3 million for his campaign purchase either an idea of how it differs from what romney has been raising, this is three reports the camera, primary fundraising through the end of august, barack obama has raised 147 million, or 34% of his primary dollars of people who gave under $200. these are people mostly going online or respond to text messages or being hit by campaign aides as he walked precincts. and these are nations, depends on the month, but they average in 15, 20, $30 range. but it adds up to an enormous amount of money. romney so far this cycle, in a moment where you would think there's a lot of grassroots, has been really disappointing among small dollar donors. but more disappointing than john mccain was in 2008. arguably a more difficult year for republicans to get their base going. he is raise $40 million, or 18% of his take country and -- the reverse is happening. barack obama is actually, is raising less money this time than he did in 2008 as a sitting president for people to max out on their donation. in 2008 it wa
Sep 27, 2012 6:00am EDT
people said, gosh, why is romney talking about debt and deficits, begin that we have an unemployment crisis, and when you look at states as they thought of as targets, iowa and new hampshire, this is just an issue that resonates almost as a kind of psychic quality, and i think that that's one thing to keep in mind and that's one of these ways in which you have these strands that don't always cohere in a way that works for you if you're a candidate. so i think that's one thing to keep in mind. i think that, um, you know, it's really interesting to think about -- so, again, when you have this kind of stagnation for kind of much of the country including a lot of these folks, you have got a wage and household income growth for people on the high end but not for the broad e swath of the -- broader swath of the electorate, what does it mean? a lot of people talk about how much has has increased in the lt two or three years. when bill clinton, you know, gave his talk at the democratic national convention, he was incredibly shrewd because with, you know, he didn't really talk about medicare.
Sep 26, 2012 7:30am EDT
ask you about the 47% that we heard about this week. governor romney, in some remarks that were taped at a fundraiser earlier this year, talked about how there's 47% of the country that does not pay federal income tax. he said that they believe they are victims who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, you name it. governor kaine, there's over a million virginians who fall into the category of not paying a federal income tax, part of that 47%. what would you do about that? do you think that should change? and what do you think more generally about whether too many virginians, too many americans by extension are too dependent on government for basic needs in their lifesome. kaine: david, i heard those statements, and i -- you can say something off the cuff that you regret, but i really deeply disagree with the sentiment expressed by governor romney. i don't meet virginians who think they're victims, and the notion that they need to have people take personal responsibility for them is, frankly, co